LOWER SCHOOL LEARNING JOURNEY

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More than half of the day in our junior kindergarten program is devoted to really developing the foundational skills they’ll need for math, science, and language arts. Here, a student works with a teacher on writing a sign for a project.

More than half of the day in our junior kindergarten program is devoted to really developing the foundational skills they’ll need for math, science, and language arts. Here, a student works with a teacher on writing a sign for a project.

 While students often work independently on sorting, pattern building, grouping, and other early math skills, their teachers help introduce them to calendar math, with concepts such as, “How many days are left until the next birthday?” and “How many days are in a week?”

 While students often work independently on sorting, pattern building, grouping, and other early math skills, their teachers help introduce them to calendar math, with concepts such as, “How many days are left until the next birthday?” and “How many days are in a week?”

Junior kindergarten is when students are learning how to play and socialize with others! Running around on the JK playground helps them regulate their emotions and get their wiggles out.

Junior kindergarten is when students are learning how to play and socialize with others! Running around on the JK playground helps them regulate their emotions and get their wiggles out.

 Making friends and engaging in social behaviors like parallel play are so important at this age — and we give them many opportunities to do so.

 Making friends and engaging in social behaviors like parallel play are so important at this age — and we give them many opportunities to do so.

Our JK class takes “specials” every day of the week, taught by our experts, including Spanish, music, computer science, art, and innovation.

Our JK class takes “specials” every day of the week, taught by our experts, including Spanish, music, computer science, art, and innovation.

 Since they’re so young, these students are often still experiencing things for the first time! Junior kindergarteners take time to explore in every season, going on nature walks, identifying different leaves, looking at wildlife, and even just finding their favorite walking sticks.

Since they’re so young, these students are often still experiencing things for the first time! Junior kindergarteners take time to explore in every season, going on nature walks, identifying different leaves, looking at wildlife, and even just finding their favorite walking sticks.

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Kindergarten students spend about an hour each day in Language Arts, where they continue building the foundational skills they need to read and write.

Kindergarten students spend about an hour each day in Language Arts, where they continue building the foundational skills they need to read and write.

At this stage in child development, most kindergarten students practice their math skills by using marbles or other play items to count and by drawing out math problems. They work on math for about an hour each day.

At this stage in child development, most kindergarten students practice their math skills by using marbles or other play items to count and by drawing out math problems. They work on math for about an hour each day.

Students are always encouraged to “think like a scientist.” In this lab, Kindergarteners apply fundamental physics principles. They work in pairs to build structures to protect a mountain town from falling boulders (ping pong balls). Using a mountain model made of inclined cardboard, students design and test their own solutions to re-direct the “boulders” away from their paper town and toward a waiting dump truck (a plastic cup).

Students are always encouraged to “think like a scientist.” In this lab, Kindergarteners apply fundamental physics principles. They work in pairs to build structures to protect a mountain town from falling boulders (ping pong balls). Using a mountain model made of inclined cardboard, students design and test their own solutions to re-direct the “boulders” away from their paper town and toward a waiting dump truck (a plastic cup).

 Making friends and engaging in social behaviors like parallel play are so important at this age — and we give them many opportunities to do so.

In Computer Science class, kindergarteners continue to learn basic block coding. Here, they are coding robot mice to follow a specific path.

Morning Meeting is a special time every day for kindergarten students and a key component of Responsive Classroom. Teachers reinforce concepts students have learned in previous lessons and focus on building community. The children are given the time and space to ask questions and be curious. 

Morning Meeting is a special time every day for kindergarten students and a key component of Responsive Classroom. Teachers reinforce concepts students have learned in previous lessons and focus on building community. The children are given the time and space to ask questions and be curious. 

Research-based weekly Wellness classes with our school counselors focus on helping students practice mindfulness, communication skills, and self-regulation.

Research-based weekly Wellness classes with our school counselors focus on helping students practice mindfulness, communication skills, and self-regulation.

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1st grade is when reading and writing are separated, with students working on reading for about an hour and writing for about 30 minutes a day. The instruction becomes much more focused and includes everything from word study and vocabulary to how to give and receive feedback on their writing.

1st grade is when reading and writing are separated, with students working on reading for about an hour and writing for about 30 minutes a day. The instruction becomes much more focused and includes everything from word study and vocabulary to how to give and receive feedback on their writing.

1st graders spend about an hour each day practicing math. At this age, they’re working on subtraction and addition fluency, and they start learning more advanced concepts to prepare them for algebra and beyond. There’s a lot of repetition, but it’s necessary to solidify their knowledge!

1st graders spend about an hour each day practicing math. At this age, they’re working on subtraction and addition fluency, and they start learning more advanced concepts to prepare them for algebra and beyond. There’s a lot of repetition, but it’s necessary to solidify their knowledge!

Students are always encouraged to “think like a scientist.” In this lab, Kindergarteners apply fundamental physics principles. They work in pairs to build structures to protect a mountain town from falling boulders (ping pong balls). Using a mountain model made of inclined cardboard, students design and test their own solutions to re-direct the “boulders” away from their paper town and toward a waiting dump truck (a plastic cup).

Students are always encouraged to “think like a scientist.” In this lab, Kindergarteners apply fundamental physics principles. They work in pairs to build structures to protect a mountain town from falling boulders (ping pong balls). Using a mountain model made of inclined cardboard, students design and test their own solutions to re-direct the “boulders” away from their paper town and toward a waiting dump truck (a plastic cup).

Working artist Adjoa Burrowes teaches our 1st graders basic art concepts, focusing on lines, color, and spacing. Here, students wrap up their self-portraits, which were drawn in the style of Frida Kahlo.

Working artist Adjoa Burrowes teaches our 1st graders basic art concepts, focusing on lines, color, and spacing. Here, students wrap up their self-portraits, which were drawn in the style of Frida Kahlo.

Twice a day, students get the chance to socialize and take a brain break! These breaks are essential for them to build social skills. Parents send in a snack, and students eat during the break. 

Twice a day, students get the chance to socialize and take a brain break! These breaks are essential for them to build social skills. Parents send in a snack, and students eat during the break. 

Starting in first grade, students can check out books from our library to bring home! They spend 30 minutes each week in the library, where the curriculum corresponds with what they’re doing in the classroom. They are allowed to stop by any time to exchange books.

Starting in first grade, students can check out books from our library to bring home! They spend 30 minutes each week in the library, where the curriculum corresponds with what they’re doing in the classroom. They are allowed to stop by any time to exchange books.

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Kindergarten students spend about an hour each day in Language Arts, where they continue building the foundational skills they need to read and write.

Kindergarten students spend about an hour each day in Language Arts, where they continue building the foundational skills they need to read and write.

At this stage in child development, most kindergarten students practice their math skills by using marbles or other play items to count and by drawing out math problems. They work on math for about an hour each day.

At this stage in child development, most kindergarten students practice their math skills by using marbles or other play items to count and by drawing out math problems. They work on math for about an hour each day.

Students are always encouraged to “think like a scientist.” In this lab, Kindergarteners apply fundamental physics principles. They work in pairs to build structures to protect a mountain town from falling boulders (ping pong balls). Using a mountain model made of inclined cardboard, students design and test their own solutions to re-direct the “boulders” away from their paper town and toward a waiting dump truck (a plastic cup).

Students are always encouraged to “think like a scientist.” In this lab, Kindergarteners apply fundamental physics principles. They work in pairs to build structures to protect a mountain town from falling boulders (ping pong balls). Using a mountain model made of inclined cardboard, students design and test their own solutions to re-direct the “boulders” away from their paper town and toward a waiting dump truck (a plastic cup).

 Making friends and engaging in social behaviors like parallel play are so important at this age — and we give them many opportunities to do so.

In Computer Science class, kindergarteners continue to learn basic block coding. Here, they are coding robot mice to follow a specific path.

Morning Meeting is a special time every day for kindergarten students and a key component of Responsive Classroom. Teachers reinforce concepts students have learned in previous lessons and focus on building community. The children are given the time and space to ask questions and be curious. 

Morning Meeting is a special time every day for kindergarten students and a key component of Responsive Classroom. Teachers reinforce concepts students have learned in previous lessons and focus on building community. The children are given the time and space to ask questions and be curious. 

Research-based weekly Wellness classes with our school counselors focus on helping students practice mindfulness, communication skills, and self-regulation.

Research-based weekly Wellness classes with our school counselors focus on helping students practice mindfulness, communication skills, and self-regulation.

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Kindergarten students spend about an hour each day in Language Arts, where they continue building the foundational skills they need to read and write.

Kindergarten students spend about an hour each day in Language Arts, where they continue building the foundational skills they need to read and write.

At this stage in child development, most kindergarten students practice their math skills by using marbles or other play items to count and by drawing out math problems. They work on math for about an hour each day.

At this stage in child development, most kindergarten students practice their math skills by using marbles or other play items to count and by drawing out math problems. They work on math for about an hour each day.

Students are always encouraged to “think like a scientist.” In this lab, Kindergarteners apply fundamental physics principles. They work in pairs to build structures to protect a mountain town from falling boulders (ping pong balls). Using a mountain model made of inclined cardboard, students design and test their own solutions to re-direct the “boulders” away from their paper town and toward a waiting dump truck (a plastic cup).

Students are always encouraged to “think like a scientist.” In this lab, Kindergarteners apply fundamental physics principles. They work in pairs to build structures to protect a mountain town from falling boulders (ping pong balls). Using a mountain model made of inclined cardboard, students design and test their own solutions to re-direct the “boulders” away from their paper town and toward a waiting dump truck (a plastic cup).

 Making friends and engaging in social behaviors like parallel play are so important at this age — and we give them many opportunities to do so.

In Computer Science class, kindergarteners continue to learn basic block coding. Here, they are coding robot mice to follow a specific path.

Morning Meeting is a special time every day for kindergarten students and a key component of Responsive Classroom. Teachers reinforce concepts students have learned in previous lessons and focus on building community. The children are given the time and space to ask questions and be curious. 

Morning Meeting is a special time every day for kindergarten students and a key component of Responsive Classroom. Teachers reinforce concepts students have learned in previous lessons and focus on building community. The children are given the time and space to ask questions and be curious. 

Research-based weekly Wellness classes with our school counselors focus on helping students practice mindfulness, communication skills, and self-regulation.

Research-based weekly Wellness classes with our school counselors focus on helping students practice mindfulness, communication skills, and self-regulation.

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Kindergarten students spend about an hour each day in Language Arts, where they continue building the foundational skills they need to read and write.

Kindergarten students spend about an hour each day in Language Arts, where they continue building the foundational skills they need to read and write.

At this stage in child development, most kindergarten students practice their math skills by using marbles or other play items to count and by drawing out math problems. They work on math for about an hour each day.

At this stage in child development, most kindergarten students practice their math skills by using marbles or other play items to count and by drawing out math problems. They work on math for about an hour each day.

Students are always encouraged to “think like a scientist.” In this lab, Kindergarteners apply fundamental physics principles. They work in pairs to build structures to protect a mountain town from falling boulders (ping pong balls). Using a mountain model made of inclined cardboard, students design and test their own solutions to re-direct the “boulders” away from their paper town and toward a waiting dump truck (a plastic cup).

Students are always encouraged to “think like a scientist.” In this lab, Kindergarteners apply fundamental physics principles. They work in pairs to build structures to protect a mountain town from falling boulders (ping pong balls). Using a mountain model made of inclined cardboard, students design and test their own solutions to re-direct the “boulders” away from their paper town and toward a waiting dump truck (a plastic cup).

 Making friends and engaging in social behaviors like parallel play are so important at this age — and we give them many opportunities to do so.

In Computer Science class, kindergarteners continue to learn basic block coding. Here, they are coding robot mice to follow a specific path.

Morning Meeting is a special time every day for kindergarten students and a key component of Responsive Classroom. Teachers reinforce concepts students have learned in previous lessons and focus on building community. The children are given the time and space to ask questions and be curious. 

Morning Meeting is a special time every day for kindergarten students and a key component of Responsive Classroom. Teachers reinforce concepts students have learned in previous lessons and focus on building community. The children are given the time and space to ask questions and be curious. 

Research-based weekly Wellness classes with our school counselors focus on helping students practice mindfulness, communication skills, and self-regulation.

Research-based weekly Wellness classes with our school counselors focus on helping students practice mindfulness, communication skills, and self-regulation.

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Kindergarten students spend about an hour each day in Language Arts, where they continue building the foundational skills they need to read and write.

Kindergarten students spend about an hour each day in Language Arts, where they continue building the foundational skills they need to read and write.

At this stage in child development, most kindergarten students practice their math skills by using marbles or other play items to count and by drawing out math problems. They work on math for about an hour each day.

At this stage in child development, most kindergarten students practice their math skills by using marbles or other play items to count and by drawing out math problems. They work on math for about an hour each day.

Students are always encouraged to “think like a scientist.” In this lab, Kindergarteners apply fundamental physics principles. They work in pairs to build structures to protect a mountain town from falling boulders (ping pong balls). Using a mountain model made of inclined cardboard, students design and test their own solutions to re-direct the “boulders” away from their paper town and toward a waiting dump truck (a plastic cup).

Students are always encouraged to “think like a scientist.” In this lab, Kindergarteners apply fundamental physics principles. They work in pairs to build structures to protect a mountain town from falling boulders (ping pong balls). Using a mountain model made of inclined cardboard, students design and test their own solutions to re-direct the “boulders” away from their paper town and toward a waiting dump truck (a plastic cup).

 Making friends and engaging in social behaviors like parallel play are so important at this age — and we give them many opportunities to do so.

In Computer Science class, kindergarteners continue to learn basic block coding. Here, they are coding robot mice to follow a specific path.

Morning Meeting is a special time every day for kindergarten students and a key component of Responsive Classroom. Teachers reinforce concepts students have learned in previous lessons and focus on building community. The children are given the time and space to ask questions and be curious. 

Morning Meeting is a special time every day for kindergarten students and a key component of Responsive Classroom. Teachers reinforce concepts students have learned in previous lessons and focus on building community. The children are given the time and space to ask questions and be curious. 

Research-based weekly Wellness classes with our school counselors focus on helping students practice mindfulness, communication skills, and self-regulation.

Research-based weekly Wellness classes with our school counselors focus on helping students practice mindfulness, communication skills, and self-regulation.

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Kindergarten students spend about an hour each day in Language Arts, where they continue building the foundational skills they need to read and write.

Kindergarten students spend about an hour each day in Language Arts, where they continue building the foundational skills they need to read and write.

At this stage in child development, most kindergarten students practice their math skills by using marbles or other play items to count and by drawing out math problems. They work on math for about an hour each day.

At this stage in child development, most kindergarten students practice their math skills by using marbles or other play items to count and by drawing out math problems. They work on math for about an hour each day.

Students are always encouraged to “think like a scientist.” In this lab, Kindergarteners apply fundamental physics principles. They work in pairs to build structures to protect a mountain town from falling boulders (ping pong balls). Using a mountain model made of inclined cardboard, students design and test their own solutions to re-direct the “boulders” away from their paper town and toward a waiting dump truck (a plastic cup).

Students are always encouraged to “think like a scientist.” In this lab, Kindergarteners apply fundamental physics principles. They work in pairs to build structures to protect a mountain town from falling boulders (ping pong balls). Using a mountain model made of inclined cardboard, students design and test their own solutions to re-direct the “boulders” away from their paper town and toward a waiting dump truck (a plastic cup).

 Making friends and engaging in social behaviors like parallel play are so important at this age — and we give them many opportunities to do so.

In Computer Science class, kindergarteners continue to learn basic block coding. Here, they are coding robot mice to follow a specific path.

Morning Meeting is a special time every day for kindergarten students and a key component of Responsive Classroom. Teachers reinforce concepts students have learned in previous lessons and focus on building community. The children are given the time and space to ask questions and be curious. 

Morning Meeting is a special time every day for kindergarten students and a key component of Responsive Classroom. Teachers reinforce concepts students have learned in previous lessons and focus on building community. The children are given the time and space to ask questions and be curious. 

Research-based weekly Wellness classes with our school counselors focus on helping students practice mindfulness, communication skills, and self-regulation.

Research-based weekly Wellness classes with our school counselors focus on helping students practice mindfulness, communication skills, and self-regulation.

Life in the Lower School is about laying the foundation for a lifetime of curiosity and joyful learning.

In addition to substantive projects and academic work, our students’ capacity for curiosity, discovery and in-depth exploration is celebrated through engaging activities that stimulate and instruct them in age-appropriate ways.